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Ontario’s government’s Broten and Bill 13 must go

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Canada’s Constitution and Charter of Rights clearly say there is religious freedom and freedom of conscience in Canada. However, it seems that Ontario’s education minister has views on such matters more in line with Communist China than the principles of a free nation.

Minister Laurel Broten said during a press conference Wednesday that Ontario’s “anti-bullying” legislation, Bill 13, also means that Catholic schools should not be teaching that abortion is wrong, because it is “misogyny.” 

“Bill 13 is about tackling misogyny, [and] taking away a woman’s right to choose could arguably be one of the most misogynistic actions that one could take,” Broten said.

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That Broten would make such remarks is alarming and the latest sign of a dangerous trend to arbitrarily deprive Canadians of fundamental rights and to impose state ideology. In addition to violating the Canada’s traditions and Charter of Rights, it is also a clear violation of the International Declaration of Human Rights.

To those with eyes to see, Ontario’s “anti-bullying” legislation was never anything but a ruthless ploy to exploit the public’s distaste for bullying of vulnerable children. The goal has always been to impose and enforce new laws to suppress views contrary to the Liberal social engineering plans. 

We are seeing now that Bill 13 is much larger than an anti-bullying program. In addition to this latest claim that Catholic schools may no longer convey Catholic teachings against abortion, it is also attempting to sneak in a radical, sexual agenda.

The government’s actions amount to a type of mass sexual abuse of Ontario’s school children, even down to the youngest grades. That is, their innocence will be stolen from them and they will be tempted and encouraged, at even very early ages, to become involved in addictive behaviours dangerous to their physical, emotional and spiritual health. And now, those who inevitably become pregnant as a result of all this cannot be told the truth about abortion and its harm to them and their unborn children.

The intention of the legislation was never put any more clearly than by Member of Provincial Parliament Glen Murray, who, during a debate on the bill, referenced Catholic teaching on homosexuality, and then declared, “I have to say to the bishops: ‘You’re not allowed to do that anymore.’”

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Murray may as well have said: “You’re not allowed to be Catholic any more.” And the same thing applies to Christians of any denomination, Orthodox Jews, or members of any religion who accept natural law principles.

The timing of the minister’s accusation of “misogyny” couldn’t be more ironic, coming as it does on the heels of Member of Parliament Mark Warawa’s motion condemning sex selection abortion. Already that motion has exposed Canada’s extreme pro-abortion feminists as frauds. They have shown themselves more concerned about the supposed “right” to abort a child for any reason during any stage of pregnancy, than they are about the fact that baby girls are being targeted for destruction because of a sexist preference for boys.

In light of this epidemic, Broten’s focus on the Catholic Church’s pro-life teaching as “misogyny” rings laughably hollow.

Will Broten get away with it? Already the government has signaled that it intends to stand by her. That means the ball is now in the court of the Ontario bishops.

What is certain is that never there been a greater need for the Bishops to vigorously denounce these government actions, while also directing all Ontario Catholic schools to ignore the illicit violations of the constitutional rights of Catholic schools.

An example was set by Bishop Henry in Alberta in 2003 in response to a similar situation of government attempting or order curriculum changes “contrary to Christian Truth”.  Henry told the government “We are not implementing this. Go to hell!’.”  Yes, he actually said that and the government withdrew its plans.

Now, that’s not the kind of language that we use or normally allow on LifeSiteNews, but the bishop showed that strongly and immediately conveying to the politicians that they have no business making such demands is called for and entirely appropriate. He got their full attention. He played political hardball and they immediately understood they were in for a major public (not private) fight if they did not back off from their lunacy. Votes were at stake.

Bishop Henry said of his 2003 experience, there needed to be “One hell of an outcry”.  And there was - in Alberta. Now it is needed in Ontario.

Not only freedoms, but the souls of children, and the lives of the unborn, are at stake. This type of sexual abuse of children must be stopped dead in its tracks - now!

For all Canadians, the first order of business is to call for Broten’s immediate resignation. Her blatant contempt for the Charter freedoms of Ontario Catholics is so indefensible that she has forfeited her right to represent Ontarians in any official capacity.

For all non-Catholic Christians in Canada now is the time to echo your Evangelical brothers to the South who stood with Catholics in the US against President Obama’s forcing them to pay for contraception coverage against their consciences.  “We are all Catholics now,” rang out the chorus from Christian leaders such as Baptist Mike Huckabee, and Mormons Glenn Beck and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney many others.

The second thing is to renew opposition to Bill 13, letting Ontario legislators know that it must be repealed, and encouraging Ontario bishops to launch a legal challenge against it and direct Catholics to immediately cease all compliance with the illicit legislation.

If all of this is not done, the precedents that will be set will eventually become almost impossible to undo and further denials of rights will follow as surely as night follows day.

Both Broten and Bill 13 must go.

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Indiana faces backlash as it becomes 20th state to protect religious liberty

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, March 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Thursday, Indiana became the 20th state to prevent the government from forcing people of faith to violate their religious beliefs in business or the public square.

Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB 101) into law, saying the freedom of religion is a preeminent American value.

“The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion, but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action,” Pence said.

Gov. Pence, a possible dark horse candidate for president in 2016, cited court cases brought by religious organizations and employers, including Catholic universities, against the HHS mandate. “One need look no further than the recent litigation concerning the Affordable Care Act. A private business and our own University of Notre Dame had to file lawsuits challenging provisions that required them to offer insurance coverage in violation of their religious views.”

The new law could also prevent Christian business owners from being compelled to bake a cake or take photographs of a same-sex "marriage" ceremony, if doing so violates their faith. In recent years, business owners have seen an increased level of prosecution for denying such services, despite their religious and moral beliefs.

The state's pro-life organization applauded Pence for his stance. "Indiana's pro-life community is grateful to Gov. Mike Pence for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law,” said Indiana Right to Life's president and CEO Mike Fichter. “This bill will give pro-lifers a necessary legal recourse if they are pressured to support abortion against their deeply-held religious beliefs.”

“RFRA is an important bill to protect the religious freedom of Hoosiers who believe the right to life comes from God, not government,” he said.

The state RFRA is based on the federal bill introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The Supreme Court cited the federal law when it ruled that Hobby Lobby had the right to refuse to fund abortion-inducing drugs, if doing so violated its owners' sincerely held religious beliefs.

In signing the measure – similar to the one Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed – Pence and the state of Indiana have faced a torrent of venom from opponents of the bill, who claim it grants a “right to discriminate” and raises the spectre of segregation.

"They've basically said, as long as your religion tells you to, it's OK to discriminate against people," said Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign, a national homosexual pressure group.

The Disciples of Christ, a liberal Protestant denomination based in the state capital, has said it will move its 2017 annual convention if the RFRA became state law. The NCAA warned the bill's adoption “might affect future events” in the Hoosier state.

Pence denied such concerns, saying, "This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way I would've vetoed it."

The bill's supporters say that, under the Obama administration, it is Christians who are most likely to suffer discrimination.

"Originally RFRA laws were intended to protect small religious groups from undue burdens on practicing their faith in public life,” said Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. “It was not imagined there would come a day when laws might seek to jail or financially destroy nuns, rabbis or Christian camp counselors who prefer to abstain from the next wave of sexual and gender experimentation. And there's always a next wave.”

The bill's supporters note that it does not end the government's right to coerce people of faith into violating their conscience in every situation. However, it requires that doing so has to serve a compelling government interest and the government must use the least restrictive means possible. “There will be times when a state or federal government can show it has a compelling reason for burdening religious expression – to ensure public safety, for instance,” said Sarah Torre, an expert at the Heritage Foundation. “But Religious Freedom Restoration Acts set a high bar for the government to meet in order to restrict religious freedom.”

Restricting the ability of government to interfere in people's private decisions, especially their religious decisions, is the very purpose of the Constitution, its supporters say.

"Religious freedom is the cornerstone of all liberty for all people,” Tooley said. “Deny or reduce it, and there are no ultimate limits on the state's power to coerce."

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Porn is transforming our men from protectors into predators. Fight back.

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Since I’ve gotten involved in anti-pornography work, I’ve met countless men who struggle, fight, or have beaten pornography. Each person seems to deal with the guilt and shame that accompanies porn use in a different way—some deny that it’s “all that bad,” others pretend that they could “stop whenever they want,” many insist that “everyone is doing it,” and most, when pressed, admit to a deep sense of self-loathing.

One worry surfaces often in conversation: What do my past or current struggles with pornography say about me as a man? Can I ever move past this and have a meaningful and fulfilling relationship?

I want to address this question just briefly, since I’ve encountered it so many times.

First, however, I’ve written before how I at times dislike the language of “struggling” with pornography or pornography “addiction,” not because they aren’t accurate but because too often they are used as an excuse rather than an explanation. It is true, many do in fact “struggle” with what can legitimately be considered an addiction, but when this language is used to describe an interminable battle with no end (and I’ve met dozens of men for whom this is the case), then I prefer we use terminology like “fighting my porn habit.” A semantic debate, certainly, but one I think is important. We need to stop struggling with porn and start fighting it.

Secondly, pornography does do devastating things to one’s sense of masculinity. We know this. Pornography enslaves men by the millions, perverting their role as protector and defender of the more vulnerable and turning them into sexual cannibals, consuming those they see on-screen to satisfy their sexual appetites.

What often starts as mere curiosity or an accidental encounter can turn into something that invades the mind and twists even the most basic attractions. I’ve met porn users who can’t believe the types of things they want to watch. They haven’t simply been using porn. Porn has actively reshaped them into something they don’t recognize and don’t like. 

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Porn is this generation’s great assault on masculinity and the role of men in society. It is essential that we win this battle for the sake of society’s survival. Contrary to what the gender-bending and family-morphing progressive elites claim, good husbands and good fathers and good church leaders are necessary for a healthy society. But pornography is destroying marriages, creating distant and disconnected fathers, and, metaphoricaclly castrating men, hindering their ability and desire to make a positive difference in the society around us.

So, with this sobering set of facts in mind let’s return to the question: what do pornography struggles, past and present, say about a man?

The proper way to respond is with everything that is good about masculinity. We have to fight pornography as men have fought countless evils throughout the ages. We need to fight pornography to protect women, and wives, and children, and our society at large. This is how pornography threatens society, by castrating men, and turning them from protectors into predators. Rooting out the evil in our own lives allows us to better fulfill the role we are called to perform in the lives of others. Battling our own demons enables us to battle the wider cultural demons. Every day without porn is another bit of virtue built. Virtue is not something you’re born with. Virtues are habits that you build. And one day without porn is the first step towards the virtue of being porn-free.

Many men ask me if men who have had past porn addictions are cut out for being in a relationship or working in the pro-life movement or in other areas where we are called to protect and defend the weak and vulnerable. And the answer to that is an unequivocal yes. Our society needs men who know what it means to fight battles and win. Our society needs men who can say that they fought porn and they beat porn, because their families and their friends were too important to risk. Our society needs men who rose to the challenge that the evils of their generation threw at them, and became better men as the result. And our society needs men who can help their friends and their sons and those around them fight the plague of pornography and free themselves from it, too—and who can understand better and offer encouragement more relevant than someone who has fought and been freed themselves?

So the answer to men is yes. Fight pornography. Beat pornography. And join the ranks of those who support their fellow men and women still fighting. Lend them support and encouragement. We cannot change the fact that porn has left an enormous path of destruction in its wake. But we can change the fact that too many people aren’t fighting it. We can change our own involvement. And we can rise to the challenge and face this threat to masculinity with all that is good about masculinity.

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